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Court Says INA §242(a)(2)(C)’s Jurisdictional Provision Does Not Apply Where Removal Order Is Based Solely on Unlawful Presence’

The Second Circuit held that INA §242(a)(2)(C)’s jurisdictional provision applies only to cases in which the immigration judge has found a petitioner removable based on covered criminal activity and does not apply where the petitioner’s order of removal is based solely on unlawful presence.

Court Says Persons Who Publicly Provide Assistance Against Major Salvadoran Gangs Are a Particular Social Group

The Third Circuit held that people who publicly provide assistance against major Salvadoran gangs constitute a particular social group (PSG) and that the BIA erred in applying Myrie v. Attorney General when it denied the petitioner CAT relief.

Lawsuits Filed over Denial of COVID-19 Relief Checks to Mixed-Status Married Couples

MALDEF filed a complaint on behalf of six U.S. citizens who were denied federal stimulus checks because they filed joint tax returns with spouses who use an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) to pay taxes. A U.S. citizen from Illinois also filed a class action suit against the administration, alleging that the denial of stimulus checks to U.S. citizens married to immigrants who don’t hold Social Security numbers violates his constitutional rights.

DHS Publishes Notice Containing Text of Asylum Cooperative Agreement with Honduras

DHS published a notice in the Federal Register containing the text of the Asylum Cooperative Agreement between the United States and Honduras, which was signed on September 25, 2019.

DOS Announces National Visa Center to Discontinue Paper Correspondence

DOS announced that starting June 1, 2020, the National Visa Center (NVC) will no longer accept or respond to inquiries through mail. Any unsolicited mail postmarked June 1, 2020, or later will not receive a response and will be destroyed. All inquiries will need to be submitted through the NVC’s Public Inquiry Form.

OFLC Announces the Transition of Posting Application Processing Times to the FLAG System Website’

The DOL Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) announced that, with the decommissioning of the iCERT System, the publishing of application processing times has been transitioned to the FLAG System website.

ICE Chief Tangles with White House over Political Appointees

Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence is resisting a White House effort to install a number of political appointees at the agency that he helms. The clash is the latest in a series of battles between Albence and other top officials, as the ICE chief faces pressure from Trump administration officials who see the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to take more aggressive measures against undocumented immigrants.
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